Budget 2021: Payroll & HR Highlights

Budget 2021: Payroll & HR Highlights

On 6 November 2020, the government announced its proposed Budget 2021 amidst our ongoing battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.  This article focuses on several payroll and human resources highlights from the proposed budget: Reduction of Individual Income Tax Rate It is proposed that the resident individual tax rate be reduced by 1% (from 14% to 13%) for the chargeable income […]

Employment Retention Program (Program Pengekalan Pekerjaan)

Employment Retention Program (Program Pengekalan Pekerjaan)

What is Employment Retention Program? Employee Retention Program (ERP) is an immediate financial assistance worth RM600 monthly for employees who have been instructed to take unpaid leaves by their employers who are economically affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. What are the benefits under the ERP? Under the ERP, each eligible employee will receive RM 600.00 a month from PERKESO throughout the period they are put […]

Wage Subsidy Programme (Program Subsidi Upah)

Wage Subsidy Programme (Program Subsidi Upah)

What is Wage Subsidy Programme? Wage Subsidy Programme is financial assistance offered to employers of all industries with workers earning RM4,000 and below for a period of 3 months. The programme was announced by the government as part of its economic stimulus package meant. The wage subsidy programme is intended to both protect job security and assist employers who are […]

HR Ministry MCO Guidelines

HR Ministry MCO Guidelines

Does employer need to pay salaries to employees during the 14 days Movement Control Order (MCO) extension which started from 1st April 2020 till 14th April 2020? Yes, all salaries and fixed allowances are required to be paid to employees except for allowances that are related to attendance/travelling (which are NOT being performed during that period). Can employers advise their […]

Budget 2020: Payroll & HR Highlights

Budget 2020: Payroll & HR Highlights

Here we focus on some of the key highlights of Budget 2020 in respect of payroll and human resources. Here are some of the payroll and HR issues to look out for if you are running a business: Increase of Minimum Wage from RM 1,100 to RM 1,200 for Major Cities Businesses in major cities which are currently paying their […]

What is the minimum wage in Malaysia?

What is the minimum wage in Malaysia?

What is the definition of minimum wages?Minimum wages is basic wages, excluding any allowances or other payments. What is the difference between ‘wages’ and ‘minimum wages’?‘Wages’ and ‘Minimum Wages’ are described under section 2 of National Wages Consultative Council Act 2011. The ‘wages’ has similar meaning to ‘wages’ in section 2 the Employment Act 1955 or Sabah Labour Ordinance (Cap.67) […]

Public Holidays in Malaysia

Public Holidays in Malaysia

How many Public Holidays do we have in Malaysia?Public Holiday are listed in the First Schedule of the Holidays Act. The 10 Public Holidays listed in the schedule is observed throughout Malaysia as follows: Chinese New YearWesak DayHari Raya Aidilfitri – 2 days Merdeka Day (31 August)Hari Raya HajiAgong’s BirthdayMalaysia Day (16 September)DeepavaliProphet Muhammad’s BirthdayChristmas Day (25 December) It is […]

Employee Relations – Disciplinary Issues

Employee Relations – Disciplinary Issues

When disciplinary action is applied by the employer? Disciplinary action is applied by the employer under either of the following conditions: When the employee disobeys rules set by the employer, or his/her behavior is unbecoming i.e. he/she performs a misconduct; andWhen an employee does not perform to acceptable standards. What are the examples of acts that will be taken as […]

Employee Relations – Termination

Employee Relations – Termination

Can an employer require an employee who tenders notice of resignation to leave the company immediately? Yes, however the employer must pay the employee wages in lieu of the balance of the notice period. My termination notice is 3 months and I have 2 weeks of annual leave left. Can the Company force me to leave immediately (within a week) […]

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